We’re very pleased to announce that our very first film to be shown in a film festival, Under the Rainbow, has won the jury selected Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC Shot Film at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival!
Under the Rainbow, produced by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, is a documentary about how poverty affects queer and trans youth in British Columbia. The film follows the life of Shawnee, a queer high school student facing family rejection, hunger, and homelessness. After being thrown out of her home, she finds herself couch-surfing with strangers and living a life of daily insecurity and vulnerability. And her story is not uncommon: one in four queer and trans youth are forced out of their homes.
Rates of poverty in BC are the highest in Canada, and the issue affects queer youth disproportionately. Through Shawnee’s story and insights from service providers and researchers, we gain insight into the root causes and high incidence of poverty amidst queer and trans communities in BC.
We are very honoured to have been a part of the project and to have been recognized with the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award.
To learn more about the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, visit their website at: http://bcpovertyreduction.ca
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